WBGO Journal

Saturday 6:30am - 7am

Hosted by Doug Doyle

The WBGO Journal is an award-winning half-hour news magazine that airs Saturdays at 6:30 am. Reports and analysis, informative interviews and features.

Steve Adubato
Steve Adubato

Stephen N. Adubato Sr. was an iconic Newark and New Jersey political power broker who created the North Ward Center, a non-profit community service organization during the turbulent 60's in the state's largest city. "Big Steve" also built the Robert Treat Academy Charter School. 

Tributes from politicans, community leaders, school officials and residents have been pouring in since Steve Adubato, Sr. passed away last Friday at the age of 87.  

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  U.S. Rep. Andy Kim interrupted a red streak in 2018 when he defeated incumbent Republican Tom MacArthur.


The first-term Democrat said since being elected he has tried to be responsive to his Burlington and Ocean County constituents in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, an effort which has included hosting more than two dozen town halls.



DD: The NY Film Festival, which ended last weekend, was a miracle that it happened at all. The 58th festival, since its founding in 1962 by Richard Roud and Amos Vogel, faced challenges that the previous 57 never did. Like Toronto last month, it scrambled to go virtual. The good news is it turned up some quality films among its 50 film lineup that will make their way to you on your home screen, and possibly to theaters, some day soon.

Nicole L. Thompson

Nicole L. Thompson, a filmmaker born and raised in Newark, will kickoff the virtual Women In Media - Newark 2020 Film Festival, which runs through October 21.  Thompson is the Director and Producer of Blackbird, an aspirational tale about Sherri Jones, an African American young woman who cleans planes for a living, but dreams of being a pilot.

Thompson spoke to WBGO News Director Doug Doyle from her home in Los Angeles. 

Joyce Adewumi is the Director and Producer of We Are The Endless Roar, a film that gives a better understanding of traditional African cultural practices and beliefs.

The Pink Fund

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  While there are many great survivor stories,  Molly MacDonald's journey is one of the more inspiring ones. MacDonald, a Detroit, Michigan resident, is the founder and Executive Director of The Pink Fund.

The Pink Fund is a non-profit breast cancer organization that provides 90-day non-medical cost-of-living expenses to breast cancer patients in active treatment for breast cancer, so they can focus on healing, raising their families, and returning to the workplace. 

Ann Davila Cardinal

Halloween is approaching and because of the pandemic, this is going to be a very different Halloween.

If you have teenagers in the house and they’re staying in this year, TV is not the only source of scary content.

WBGO’s Jon Kalish introduces us to an author who writes horror fiction for young adults.

Commentator Mildred Antenor: Women vs. COVID

Oct 16, 2020
Healthcare Workers

WBGO commentator Mildred Antenor says she's angry over how women are being treated during the coronavirus pandemic, especially those in the healthcare industry.

Antenor is a professor and the author of  The Gladioli Are Invisible: A Memoir.

Click above to hear the entire commentary.


Backed by 10 years of research, VKTRY is the world's first high performance insole, scientifically proven to help athletes run faster, jump higher and train smarter.

VKTRY CEO Steve Wasik is the latest guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle.

Self Made
Tinnetta Bell

The Self Made photojournalism project profiles nine Black women business owners in Newark who were documented just before the COVID-19 outbreak. It celebrates their creativity and connection to community at a time when the future of small businesses everywhere, especially those owned by Black women, is uncertain.

Denis Hamlett

New York Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett has come a long way from the 10-year old who left Costa Rica to move to the United States to live with his mother in Silver Spring, Maryland.  

Hamlett joined SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about his participating in this week's national mini-pitch effort.  The first mini-pitches honoring Black Players for Change (BPC) were unveiled at West Side High School in Newark.

Jon Kalish for WBGO News

A project called "The Writing On The Wall" has been bringing writings by incarcerated individuals to public attention using unconventional avenues of distribution.

The project is a collaboration between two New Yorkers, a conceptual artist and a college professor.

Click above to hear WBGO’s Jon Kalish tell their story.

COVID causes FDNY EMS Average Response Times to Spike

Oct 3, 2020

Unions warn layoffs would further delay ambulances arrival as WBGO News Director Doug Doyle talks with Reporter Bob Hennelly. 

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President Trump announced this week that he and the first lady have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that throws the final stretch of the presidential campaign even further into unknown territory.

President Trump plans to continue carrying out his duties, but is expected to remain home for two weeks, canceling campaign events as doctors watch him at the White House. The President is 74, an age that makes him more vulnerable to the disease.

Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair state University

The Peer Learning + Collaboration Fund in Newark is an opportunity for local reporters, media makers, organizations and city residents to apply with collaborative projects to meet information needs identified throughout the city.

Brit Harley

A new collaborative study has revealed what Newark residents feel they need the most.  

WBGO Community Engagement Reporter Brit Harley chats with Vanessa Maria Graber of the Free Press about the results of the study that shows some of the top priorities are getting timely and useful information about food and education, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

Graber is the newest member of Free Press and is now focusing much of her work on Newark.

Rutgers University

The late Supreme Court Justice Rute Bader Ginsburg became the first woman to lie in state at the nations capital this week,  as the country continues to mourn the womens rights icon and legal giant. Ginsburg passed away on September 18th at the age of 87. WBGO's Alexandra Hill reports on Ginsburg’s ties to Rutgers University Law School in Newark  where she was a law professor from 1963 through 1972.

Harlan Jacobson for WBGO News

DD:  The Toronto International Film Festival has been the gateway for serious filmgoing since at least American Beauty started up north in September 1999 and went all the way to the Oscars in February the next year. This 45th edition, which ran for 10 days and closes this weekend, has been unlike any other in its history. Our film critic, Harlan Jacobson, has a rundown for us. 

HJ:  Well, I’m in Toronto in spirit, as this critical North American gateway festival went virtual for most of its participants from around the world.


The Loved and Lost project is a statewide media collaborative that launched in June to name and celebrate the lives of very resident in New Jersey lost to COVID-19.  It's being coordinated by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University and was originally a project of  NorthJersey.com.

Dave Stryker
Tony Graves

Acclaimed jazz guitarist Vic Juris died on December 31, 2019, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston at the age of 66 after a six-month battle with liver cancer. This Sunday, September 20, from 4-5 p.m., fellow West Orange guitarist Dave Stryker (they lived on the same street) will give a nod to his late friend while also performing some of his own material at the New Jersey Jazz Society’s Virtual Social, which can be viewed on the NJJS Facebook page (NJJS).

Luis Guzman
Jon Kalish for WBGO News

If you’ve watched movies over the past few decades, chances are you’d recognize character actor Luis Guzman.  In one of his most memorable roles, Guzman played an ex-con’s sidekick in the 1993 movie Carlito’s Way

Guzman has acted in more than a hundred films and dozens of TV shows. Born in Puerto Rico, Guzman grew up in New York and lived there till 1995 when he moved his family to Vermont.

WBGO’s Jon Kalish visited Guzman this summer in Vermont and brings us this story on the actor's connection to the Green Mountain state.

Wendell Pierce

Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 8pm, The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn presents its mainstage fall presentation with 12 Angry Men...and Women:  The Weight of the Wait in partnership with The New Press.  

12 Angry Men...and Women will be streamed live via YouTube from New York City's very first Black Lives Matter mural with 159 names of men, women and children killed by acts of racially motivated violence.  The mural is located on Fulton Street between New York and Brooklyn Avenues.

19 Years After 9/11 First Responders Are Still Paying the Ultimate Price

Sep 11, 2020
Robert Hennelly

WBGO News Director Doug Doyle speaks with WBGO Journal reporter Bob Hennelly

DOYLE: It was 19 years ago this week that two airliners ploughed into the World Trade Center and forever altered our world. On that day, close to 3,000 people perished, including 343 firefighters who were killed when the WTC towers collapsed.

Ask Governor Murphy

The September (10) edition of Ask Governor Murphy focused the reopening of New Jersey schools this past week and the proposed state budget from Governor Murphy.

Governor Murphy joined AGM host Nancy Solomon from his home, practicing social distancing.  WBGO Statehouse Reporter Joe Hernandez also remotely joined the program.

AGM is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WHYY and WNYC.

Click above to hear the entire program. 

Harlan Jacobson for WBGO News

DD: Our film critic, Harlan Jacobson, doesn’t work on Labor Day has always graced us with his annual Labor Day Address to the Nation to explain why he doesn’t work on Labor Day.

Things are different this year right Harlan?


WBGO's Doug Doyle reports looks at how NYC and New Jersey are preparing for the opening of schools and businesses.

Dr. Richard Besser

Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former acting Director of the CDC during the Obama Administration spoke with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about his concerns over the national response to COVID-19,

Monmouth University President Dr. Patrick Leahy on Fall Semester Plans

Aug 28, 2020
Patrick Leahy

Monmouth University President Dr. Patrick Leahy recently celebrated his first anniversary in West Long Branch.  Dr. Leahy couldn't imagine what he would have in store with COVID-19 creating havoc with schedules and learning during his first year at Monmouth University.

Leahy, the 10th President at Monmouth, recently spoke with WBGO News intern Tyra Brooks about plans for the Fall Semester.

Click above to hear the entire conversation on the WBGO Journal.

New Jersey Gyms Can Reopen Sept. 1 With Restrictions

Aug 27, 2020
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Gyms in New Jersey can reopen on Tuesday September 1 but with plenty of restrictions.

They’ll be at 25% of capacity, masks will be required while working out, machines will be six feet apart and all face the same direction. Foot traffic will also move in one direction.

Riptide Partners
RiptIde Partners

Riptide Partners, a New York based consulting business that offers full-service Customer Experience solutions for sports teams and venue operators, has unveiled its recent survey of actual New York area event attendees.  The survey reveals  a much faster return to event timeline for consumers than has been widely discussed.

Riptide Partners co-ounder Rob Comstock says the survey is the first, and most comprehensive, study of actual event attendees in the New York area since the Pandemic shutdown began.